Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Debuts Atop Euro Chart
Arctic Monkeys' third album "Humbug" (Domino) becomes the British modern rock band's first No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is relegated to No. 3 in the new data, but the Interscope/Universal act has the consolation of seeing the single "I Gotta Feeling" move 2-1 on European Hot 100 Singles.
Both the Monkeys' two previous albums, 2006's debut "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and the 2007 follow-up "Favorite Worst Nightmare," peaked at No. 3 on the pan-European survey. The new set sells 96,000 for a bestselling start in the United Kingdom, far less than either the 227,000 recorded for the second album or 363,000 for the first. But the new set also arrives at No. 2 in France and Holland, No. 4 in Germany and Denmark and No. 7 in Portugal.
French DJ-artist David Guetta's "One Love" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) starts at No. 2 both on Top 100 Albums and in the United Kingdom, with sales there of 28,000. It beats "Humbug" to No. 1 in France and debuts at No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in Austria. Guetta also has the distinction of concurrent top five European Hot 100 singles from the set for a second week, with "When Love Takes Over" featuring Kelly Rowland and "Sexy Chick" featuring Akon holding at Nos. 3 and 4 respectively.
"The E.N.D." descends after one week at the overall summit, also falling 1-3 in France but staying at No. 4 in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) is down 2-4 Europe-wide, falling 1-3 in Holland but maintaining top spot in Italy and Austria.
Lady GaGa is on the way up again with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), which climbs 6-5 in its 33rd week on the aggregate survey and is the only title climbing the top ten. It trades places with German star Jan Delay's "Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Soul" (Universal), which is No. 1 for a second week in Germany but down 2-4 in Austria.
Four more declining titles complete the top ten on Top 100 Albums: Jackson's "The Collection" slips 4-7, Beyoncé's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) falls 3-8 (despite a 17-9 climb in Portugal), Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) is down 7-9 and "The Essential Michael Jackson" moves 8-10.
"I Gotta Feeling" takes over as European Hot 100 No. 1 as it gains two European crowns, climbing 3-1 in Italy and 2-1 in Austria. Pitbull's six-week European reign with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1) ends as it falls to No. 2, even though it's still No. 1 in Spain and France.